Obree sets off in pursuit of world title
Wednesday 27 September 1995
Francis Moreau, of France, the pre-race favourite, was knocked out in the first round when he failed, by over a second, to make the top eight qualifiers. Italy's Andrea Colinelli set the best time of 4min 24.64sec, followed by Stuart O'Grady, of Australia (4:25.70) and Obree's 4:26.96.
Last year Moreau was beaten in the final by Chris Boardman, who is not competing after injury in the Tour de France.
The event, which is widely considered the second most prestigious event after the Tour, has attracted more than 800 cyclists from 77 countries.
However, yesterday's events were overshadowed by last Friday's accident involving the 24-year-old French rider, Patrice Sultice, who was left paralysed from the waist down after he crashed into a team-mate during training. Doctors say he may never walk again. His team-mate was not seriously hurt.
Workers put finishing touches over the weekend on the track of the Luis Carlos Galan velodrome, named after a political leader who was assassinated during Colombia's drug wars in 1989. The International Cycling Union declared the track ready to go for Tuesday's start.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Manchester United report: Wayne Rooney and a Kieran Gibbs own goal make Gunners rue missed chances
Chelsea vs West Brom: Jose Mourinho turns on ‘Dr Sergio Ramos’ in Spanish spat
WWE Survivor Series 2014: What time does the event start? And full card
Prince Harry leads the congratulations for Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi, calling him 'an absolute legend' as he crossed the finish line
Arsenal vs Manchester United player ratings: Who was the star man? Wayne Rooney or David De Gea?
- 1 Universities aren't working us hard enough, say undergraduates
- 2 Lego letter from the 1970s still offers a powerful message to parents 40 years later
- 3 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Excellent Package: Austen Lloyd: LEICESTER - SENIOR COMMERCIAL SOLICITOR- An o...
£18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support organisation focuses on ...
£26000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Technical Support Analyst / IT Support Analys...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: PR Marketing & Events Exe...